Fat Face Foundation funds new sewing machines

We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful folk at the FatFace Foundation have kindly awarded the Alton College Foundation a grant to help buy two new sewing machines for the students studying textiles here at Alton College (HSDC) - the textiles department have already set them up and the students are loving having access to these wonderful new pieces of equipment. Thank you from everyone here at The Alton College Foundation and Alton College (HSDC)! We are always looking for ways to collaborate with local organisations - please get in touch if you are keen to help support our students

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Scholarship Update

We have had some great applications this year and have had to make some tough decisions but we have produced a shortlist for interviews starting in January. Good luck to all those students who have made it to this milestone and commiserations to those who didn’t.

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Buying via easyfundraising

The Alton College Foundation is now part of the growing number of charities that are using easyfundraising to help raise money. easyfundraising partners with over 7,000 brands who will donate part of what you spend to a cause of your choice. It won't cost you any extra. The cost is covered by the brand. Brands pay them a commission because when you start your shop from the easyfundraising website or app, they can see they sent you to them. If you make a purchase, a commission is generated, and they turn that into a donation to us..As they say magic!

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East Hampshire Community Lottery

We have joined the East Hampshire Community Lottery enabling us to benefit from money spent playing this new lottery. Visit our page to see how easy it is to play.

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Open for Scholarship Applications

We are now open for Scholarship applications for 2024. For details about the scheme please go to the How We Support Students page on this website. Applications close 15 Nov 2023. Any queries contact our office. NOTE: The deadline for applications for the 2024 Scholarship scheme has now been extended to Sunday 26th November

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Welcome to Sarah

Unfortunately we have had to say goodbye to Ellie who joined us as Administrator in April. Although she was only with us a short time she made a great contribution to our work. We wish her well in her new job. Fortunately for us we have quickly found a replacement and Sarah Womersley will be joining in early September (just in time for the Scholarship application rush ) Welcome Sarah !

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The times they are a changing !

After seven and a half years we have had to bid farewell to Michelle George our Administrator who has left us to join the staff at Alton College (so a long way away). She will be greatly missed by everybody.

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Scholars Celebrate their Success!

The 21st Scholarships for Excellence Award Ceremony was held on Tuesday 7 March 2023. Twenty-Two new scholars were appointed in a range of subjects bringing the total number of scholars awarded to 397!

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Nicholas Branch

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Nicholas Branch (Nicky), a founder and former Chairman of the Alton College Foundation. Nicky, along with his fellow Governors and the then Principal of the College, established the Foundation as a Charity in 1999. The concept of an externally funded scholarship scheme for 16–19 year olds in full time education was, and still is, innovative. Its continued success is a testament to Nicky’s commitment, pride and belief in the Charity and the students themselves. Nicky retired as Chairman in 2020 but continued to be involved and provided a personal scholarship for public services students. On his retirement, many former students wrote quotes to thank him for his support. One such quote read: "Nicky, I am deeply grateful to you for your unwavering confidence in the young people of today. I'm certain that such a shining example of community leadership will not be forgotten." He will be dearly missed by the Directors of the Foundation and their thoughts are with his family.

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Steve Millar Award 2021

Kieran Robinson, a second-year student at the College was recently presented with the 2021 Award for Excellence in Geography. Kieran was presented with the Steve Millar Award for Excellence in Geography. The award is given to the student who achieves the highest grade in their Geography exam at the end of their first and who is also progressing on to study A Level Geography. Kieran was presented with the Award by Steve Millar at a private ceremony held at Alton College. Kieran intends to continue his studies at Bath University. Steve Millar spent over 30 years working at Alton College in the Geography Department and when he left, in conjunction with the Alton College Foundation wanted to leave an annual award for a student excelling in Geography. The award has specific requirements for the student to have gained the highest marks and be progressing into the second year. Izzy Wood, Geography Lecturer, was at the presentation and said she was “delighted to see Kieran receive his award. He is a conscientious student who deserves recognition for his studies in geography and is a great ambassador for the College.”

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Scholarships Awarded for 2021-23 Students

On Thursday 10 March, we were pleased to hold a ceremony where we awarded 25 scholarships in a wide range of subjects. Our thanks to all our sponsors for their support and congratulations to our scholars. This brings to total of scholars to 375 over the last 20 years, a fantastic achievement.

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Opening of Alton Campus Gaming & Creative Digital Studios

We were very pleased to have been invited to the official opening of the Alton Campus Gaming & Creative Digital Studios today. We believe in encouraging students to join an industry already worth £7bn to the UK economy. To that end we have decided to offer the 2022 Alumni Scholarship to a student studying in this area. Students have until 15 November to send in their application

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Alumni Scholar wins gold

Congratulations go to Jemima Willoughby, who did an outstanding job scoring in the top 5% of British Olympiad competitors to win gold at the recent UK Biology Olympiad.

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New appeal launched to help fund computers (UPDATE 25TH MARCH)

The Alton College Foundation has just launched an appeal using the Virgin Money Giving platform aimed at raising funds to provide college students with laptops/tablets. This is in recognition of the fact that some students have struggled to work from home during the pandemic because of a lack of equipment and that this struggle will continue even after the college returns to normal. To make a donation use the link here. UPDATE: We closed this appeal having raised over £600. We have already helped two deserving students with others still coming forward for help

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Scholarships Secured by 2020-22 Students

Twenty-one HSDC Alton students have been selected for the Alton College Foundation Scholarships for Excellence. The new scholars bring the total number of students awarded scholarships, since the scheme began in 2002, to 350. The scheme, supported by local organisations, individuals and trusts, offers HSDC Alton students financial support over the two years they are at the College, along with the prestige of being appointed as a scholar. The selection process was carried out online this year, with the interviewers being presented with an incredibly high calibre of shortlisted applicants. Subsequently the winning students were outstanding in their subject areas of art, business, design and architecture, economics, engineering, English literature, humanities, mathematics, medicine, music, modern foreign languages, performing arts, public services and science. The formal scholarship award ceremony, normally held in the spring, has been delayed until later this year when it is hoped that students will be able to meet their sponsors in person and celebrate their achievements with other scholars past and present. Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation, said: “Since introducing the Scholarships for Excellence scheme in 2002 we have seen how beneficial it has been to our Scholars. They tell us how it helped them get into their chosen university and move into exciting careers working across the world. Both we and their sponsors continue to keep in touch with many of our 350 scholars and often invite them to come back to the College to inspire students. For my fellow directors and myself, our reward is to know that something we created nearly 20 years ago continues to go from strength to strength”.

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Development Fund Renamed

We have renamed the Development Fund as the Student Support Fund. The primary reason is to give more clarity to what we are trying to achieve by offering grants to students. Details can be found on this website.

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Public Services Scholarship - A first for the Foundation

We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, we will be awarding a Scholarship for Public Service. It is so important that we recognise and encourage the work undertaken by all those choosing a career in public services e.g. Police, Medicine, Fire and Rescue and the Armed forces. A big thank you goes to Nicky Branch, the ex Chair of the Foundation, for funding this Scholarship

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Scholarship Award Ceremony 2020

The 18th Scholarships for Excellence Awards took place on 27th February 2020, with 20 students receiving scholarships.

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Second Years Awards Ceremony

The ceremony held on Thursday 26th September celebrated awards to 16 Students. This was the third year that these awards have been made and introduced a range of new awards. Details below: CREATIVE VISUAL ARTS Awards Holly Lowe (Textiles) Ottilie Peterson (Textiles) sobelle Monckton (Fine Art) Rebecca Marshall (Photography) ENGINEERING Awards Emily Adderson Nathan Banbury Tommy Bason Oliver Chapman. Cameron Bush Harry Henslow. FOUNDATION LEARNING Award Tom Brooker MATHEMATICS Award Emily Morgan. PERFORMING ARTS Award Bryony Morgan. PUBLIC SERVICES Awards Sam Harding. Chloe Baldwin. Jordan Horseman.

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